Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching

Badge of ExcellenceJuneau, United States

From $152.25

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


When your cruise stops at Juneau, see whales in their natural habitat on this whale-watching boat trip, all without the fuss of organizing shore transport. Prebook to secure your place, board a comfortable boat with outdoor decks and heated cabins, and cruise Alaska’s waters to see marine life in the wild. Then, enjoy guaranteed sightings of humpback whales, with a naturalist providing commentary on their behaviors as you cruise.
  • View whales in the wild from a modern boat on a Juneau shore excursion
  • Prebook to ensure you don’t miss out, and save vacation time and hassle
  • Be sure to see humpbacks and hear about their lives from a naturalist
  • Return port transfers and various departures to suit your cruise schedule

What's Included

  • 100% Guarantee to see Whales
  • Roundtrip Transportation from Cruise Terminal
  • Complimentary Snack and Bottled Water
  • A Great Time!
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • None

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Mount Roberts Tramway
    490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

    Meet 15 minutes before tour time underneath the tent on the wooden dock on the water-side of the large red Mt Robert's Tramway building (the gondola building) at the main Cruise Terminal. They will hold a sign, "Alaska Tales". If you have any trouble finding this person, please call us.

Pickup point

  • Juneau

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Please meet your tour representative 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time underneath the tent on the wooden dock that is on the water-side of the large red Mt Robert's Tramway building (building that houses the gondola that goes up the mountain) at the main Cruise Ship Terminal. The address is 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801 and the pickup location is on the ocean-side of the building. Your Alaska Tales Tour Representative will be holding a sign that will read, "Alaska Tales". If you have any trouble finding this person, please call us.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Collapsable Wheelchairs Only
  • No Motorized Scooters
  • No Motorized Wheelchairs
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Book this tour if you want a great wildlife experience :-
A little pricey but they guarantee sightings and we did see them, albeit from a distance of 100-300 yards.
We did see a calf with 2 adults so worth the trip.
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Just do it!
KIM_C, Oct 2022
The boat captain Marina was great and Emma the naturist was an amazing source of knowledge about the whales we were hoping to see. We did see whales and in spite of the weather the trip was a great value and a great experience.
Worth every penny!!!!
cynthia_g, Oct 2022
This boat is smaller than most so you don't have to share this experience with tons of other tourists! It was raining and those who did not have rain gear were able to stay warm and dry inside and still see the whales. We did have rain gear and stood on the deck and were is awe of these magnificent creatures. Our captain and her crew did an amazing job of sighting the whales and getting us as close as is allowable by law!!!! We had many whale sightings (the crew actually knew some of the whales by name, and one young whale was having fun playing (see photo). We especially enjoyed watching a pod of whlales just swimming by!!!
Whale watching
Karine_G, Oct 2022
Great staff, great excursion, loved every bit of it and was so awesome to see all the whales and sea lions. Staff was very knowledgeable and so friendly. Would definitely recimmend this company to anyone
Despite appalling weather...
L_B, Sep 2022
Despite appalling weather we still managed to see some whales and sea lions, journey was easy to and from and staff could not have been more helpful and informative
pam_b, Sep 2022
AMAZING!!! Awesome trip with a wonderful crew. Not only will you see whales you will learn so much about them. We saw about 9 different whales and learned about their behavior. There was a mother and calf that we watched for a long time. It was a dream come true! I want to go again and will for sure have this company take us. They are a local outfit and care to make your experience personal.
Loved it!
Khristyn_C, Sep 2022
OMG we had the best time! James, Greg and Monica were amazing guides/captains. We saw a ton of whales and learned so much. I would highly recommend.
Great whale watching tour
Philip_D, Sep 2022
Getting so close to whales and watching their feeding techniques. Boat ride and boat was excellent as was hostess and captain. Stay warm inside until we reached whale watching area.
See the whales
John_T, Sep 2022
Travel Tales people were polite, helpful and informed. There was a Naturalist on board to give specific info. I highly recommend them.
Alaska Whale Tales Tour
Steven_B, Sep 2022
I gave this tour 5 stars because once we connected it was a great tour with great guides! We did miss our 3pm tour due to lack of pickup directions at the cruise pier and lack of cell phone coverage (T-Mobile). We ended up paying an extra $15 to board a shuttle that took us into Juneau and met up with our tour. Luckily, they got us on the 4:30pm trip. James and Emma were really good on the tour, and we absolutely loved Maryna's enthusiasm as the naturalist on board. Again, saw many whales and it was a great tour after the weak start of picking us up.
Definitely Recommend
Tonya_M, Sep 2022
We had an amazing day whale watching! Captain Brandon, Will and Bob took such great care of us. It was pouring rain and I was hesitant but it ended up being one of the best experiences we have ever had. Thank you!
Ever smell Humpback breath?
Lou_M, Sep 2022
This was a great experience! You can’t go to Alaska and not go whale watching. We took about a 25 minute bus ride, went by a glacier, and then about half an hour on the water. The crew knows exactly where to go and how to maneuver once around the whales. We primarily saw humpbacks including a playful calf. We were downwind from 3 of them and could actually smell their breath. Just as we were leaving, a few of us were fortunate enough to see a complete breach and massive splash from one of these majestic giants! Highly recommend!
Great experience
sherry_s, Aug 2022
Got to see mama and baby together. Just wish we could of been closer to the whales but that was nobody’s fault. Whales rule the ocean
Checked off my bucket list!! Amazing experience!!
Rebecca_S, Aug 2022
The crew was very informative!!! They all made sure we saw whales and what an experience it was!!! To be in the water with these massive animals was definitely special!! Thank you for such an amazing time!!!!
Great outing!!
Mary_L, Aug 2022
This tour delivered we saw at least twelve whales. Seeing mother/baby Barnacle and Flame was wonderful!! Our guides were knowledgeable and friendly.
Awesome Whale Watching Experience
Kimberly_A, Aug 2022
Its was a great trip. The crew was very knowledgeable. Captain Mike, olive and taz were awesome. Olive and Taz knew all the whales names and their stories. Loved Riddler. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone!
Not what I expected
bmbraunstein2, Aug 2022
I was disappointed. Thought I would have seen many whales. I saw 2 and it was difficult to see from where I was sitting. I did go upstairs but it was cold and rainy.
Bus ride to the whales is awful but whale watching itself was AMAZING!
Tanya_P, Aug 2022
This review would have been 5 stars if the bus experience that got us to the tour was better. The bus experience was horrible. The bus was badly designed, uncomfortable seats and the driver was hard to understand. In addition, the driver made an exception for one customer only to take a photo when we arrived at the Mendenhall Visitors Center and snapped at me when I thought he said we could all get a photo. This was extremely disrespectful and unfair to the rest of the passengers and ruined the bus ride. Once we got off the awful bus, the actual whale watching was EXCELLENT. The boat was clean, comfortable and the crew was both funny and knowledgeable. They made us feel right at home and most importantly we saw incredible and majestic humpback whales! And sea lions! The experience was unforgettable and would have been 5 stars had it not been for the awful uncomfortable bus and what happened on our particular bus ride.
Amazing experience
Kim_B, Aug 2022
The all woman crew was amazing at getting us out on the water to see whales. We were able to see them bubble net feeding and then found a mom and baby. It was an incredible day. The boat was the perfect size to get out on the water and not too crowded. Everyone had a great seat for viewing. We would 100% book this tour again.
Whale tails and Shasa
Laura_G, Aug 2022
Tracy, Taz and Gregg were our team and I must say they must be the best. Tracy made it her mission for us to see as many whales as possible. We were so close, the best trip ever. Thank you so much. Blessings.
Loved seeing the whales....
Cad_c, Aug 2022
Loved seeing the whales. Was able to see 5 different whales. One of the calves put on a pretty good show up close